UK government discusses energy security

This week the UK government will set out how it’s delivering on its energy security strategy plans to grow the economy and create jobs across the UK.

As part of the government’s efforts to strengthen the UK’s energy independence, the PM Rishi Sunak and Energy Security Secretary Grant Shapps will meet energy industry leaders throughout the week including oil and gas, renewables and nuclear businesses to ensure the UK is capitalising on opportunities to bolster its energy infrastructure and establish long-term independence.

“As the government sets out its targets through improved energy efficiency and delivering new forms of power, the way we generate, store and distribute energy will have to be transformed to bolster energy security and transition to renewables and decentralised generation. Cellular IoT will play an important role by connecting devices and solutions in support of these goals. Wind turbines, solar farms, hydro power plants, energy distribution capabilities, battery storage and even electric vehicle adoption will all form part of energy’s transformation,” explained Iain Davidson, Senior Product Manager at Wireless Logic.

“IoT connected devices and systems can enable data exchange for microgrids and support mechanisms for balancing load on the network. These solutions will transmit data so that energy companies can monitor devices and conditions, control devices in remote locations, track performance to predict maintenance cycles and act on alerts. They will be able to monitor energy consumption and generation whether it be smart metering or EV in Vehicle to Grid (V2G) mode or sensors for load balancing on the grid.

“In this way, connectivity is part of the intelligent, efficient, renewable energy model, however it must be cybersecure. As new and additional devices are deployed, they could present larger attack surfaces for potential cyber threats. As such, connectivity providers play a fundamental role in securing each touch point of the of energy infrastructure. They must authenticate device identities and connect to grid infrastructure, IT systems and cloud destinations securely. Only then can the government ensure energy infrastructure is fit for now and the future, and meet their net zero goals.”

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